Monty Moran to deliver keynote address at annual Brauer Lecture Series

  • April 8, 2023
  • By WashU Olin Business School
  • 2 minute read

Monty Moran, former co-CEO at Chipotle Mexican Grill, lawyer, author, pilot and filmmaker will deliver the keynote address at WashU Olin’s Brauer Lecture Series on Thursday, April 13.

The event is at 6 p.m. CT in Graham Chapel on Washington University in St. Louis’ Danforth Campus. A Q&A session will follow Moran’s 45-minute lecture.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the greater St. Louis business community are invited to this free event. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating. Please register here. The lecture will also be simulcast in Frick Forum in Knight Hall.

Moran has been described as one of America’s most inspiring and effective leaders. His powerful leadership style led Chipotle to meteoric growth, as the company’s value grew by over $23 billion and more than 2,000 restaurants during his time as co-CEO.

This rise in revenue, profitability and shareholder return was fueled by an extraordinary team of more than 75,000, united by Moran’s vision of rewarding people based on their effectiveness in making the people around them better. He teaches this: Management is about getting people to do something for you, while leadership is about inspiring people to do something for themselves.

Moran’s book—“Love is Free. Guac is Extra.: How Vulnerability, Empowerment, and Curiosity Built an Unstoppable Team”—shows his unique understanding of the true meaning of empowerment when it comes to being an effective leader. In his keynote address, he will share the lessons he learned from taking Chipotle from a regional burrito chain to a Fortune 500 superstar.

Immediately following the event, local food trucks—FarmTruk, Go Gyro, Sweet Divine Cupcakes, Pappy’s and Blues Fired Pizza—will be on site and available, free of charge, to students who attended the event.

Brauer Lecture Series

Stephen and Camilla Brauer created the Brauer Lecture Series to explore and encourage dialogue on the American free enterprise system and its influence on economic growth, public policy and world affairs. The inaugural lecture was in April 2022.

The Brauers
The Brauers

The series, in collaboration with Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, features leading scholars and public figures from across the United States. It supports student growth and development in alignment with Olin’s vision of world-changing business education.

The series organizers encourage featured lecturers to discuss how their values guide their daily lives while also highlighting the importance of free-market economics.

“America’s free market enterprise system is not just about creating economic prosperity. It protects the core of our democratic system,” said Liberty Vittert, professor of practice of data science at Olin Business School and faculty director of the Brauer Lecture Series.

“We are grateful to the Brauer family for their generosity and the opportunity to bring key thought leaders to campus. Our hope is that this universitywide lecture series will spark discussion, debate and a deeper understanding of the critical importance of economic growth through free markets.”

Please join us. Register here.

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